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Contiguity Theory$
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Norvin Richards

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034425

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034425.001.0001

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Further Topics in Head Movement: V2, vP, and Infinitives

Further Topics in Head Movement: V2, vP, and Infinitives

(p.269) 7 Further Topics in Head Movement: V2, vP, and Infinitives
Contiguity Theory

Norvin Richards

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The chapter considers head-movement to positions other than tensed T: English wh-questions, V2, verb movement to v, and verb placement in infinitives. A condition of Stress Isomorphy is invoked to motivate V2, requiring languages to attempt to replicate the basic pattern of word-level stress on the sentential level. Special properties of subjects of infinitives are made to follow from Selectional Contiguity: subjects in the specifier of TP block a Selectional Contiguity relation, and must either be moved out (raising), not pronounced (control), or left in an internal subject position (an option in languages like Italian, as Szabolcsi demonstrates). The positions of verbs in English, French, and Italian infinitives are derived from previously posited conditions.

Keywords:   control, raising, infinitive, verb-second, V2, French, Italian

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